The Partnership in the WeatherTech Championship Is Expected to Begin in 2023 with Two Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Cars Competing in IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Races and a Third for the Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Lamborghini has named Iron Lynx as the factory-backed team that will operate the manufacturer’s LMDh prototype in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class beginning in 2024.
In conjunction with the announcement made Saturday during the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Grand Finals in Portugal, Iron Lynx and its affiliated Iron Dames all-female-driver project plan to enter Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 cars in the GT classes for the 2023 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races and a third car for the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.
The GTP class debuts in the WeatherTech Championship in 2023, replacing Daytona Prototype international (DPi). Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche are set to join in 2023, with the Lamborghini Iron Lynx effort to come the following year. Lamborghini and Iron Lynx will collaborate with PREMA Engineering on the project. Lamborghini previously announced an alliance with chassis supplier Ligier and that the car would run a twin-turbo V-8 engine paired with the single-source hybrid powertrain used by all LMDh manufacturers.
“Ever since we announced our intention to race in the LMDh racing series, it was clear to us that Iron Lynx was the right partner to take such an important step with,” said Stephen Winkelmann, Lamborghini chairman and CEO. “I am delighted to welcome the team to the Lamborghini family. Over the years, Iron Lynx has proven to be a fast, strong and successfully entity, just like the Lamborghini motorsport department.”
While it plans to make its WeatherTech Championship debut in 2023, Iron Lynx has a winning pedigree in other sports car series around the globe. Giorgio Sanna, Lamborghini head of Motorsport, is also pleased with the partnership.
“It is a team as young as Lamborghini Squadra Corse,” Sanna said, “which like us, has grown exponentially over the years and has become a protagonist in GT racing around the world after making its debut with us in Super Trofeo in 2018. Now, we find ourselves together again and will strive to be stronger and more mature and set great goals.
“From GT programs to LMDh, we have combined the excellence of three Italian organisations, while boasting a technical partnership with PREMA Engineering through Iron Lynx, with whom it is our duty to achieve great results.”
Iron Lynx, Iron Dames and PREMA are all owned by DC Racing Solutions Ltd., a Swiss-based motorsport company. Deborah Meyer, chairwoman of DC Racing Solutions, called a partnership with Lamborghini “a significant milestone for our group.”
“Our championship-winning racing pedigree, combined with the successful motorsport heritage of Lamborghini, will create the perfect mix to deliver a highly competitive performance on track,” Mayer added. “I am looking forward to this next chapter.”
The 2023 WeatherTech Championship season kicks off with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29. The Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions precede the race on Jan. 20-22 at Daytona International Speedway.